The Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation tasked me with finding partners for conservation projects in Eastern Europe in order to design a series of projects with these partners and to find more public benefit foundations to participate in the financing of such projects.
As a first step I established co-operation with EuroNatur, one of Europe’s leading conservation organisations, and the Ciconia Foundation, the transnational Europe-Africa stork project. The two organisations impressed me with their high degree of networking and their co-operation with competent and well-established partners in the respective countries. These NGOs, some of them very small, are strengthened through their collaboration with EuroNatur and CICONIA, meaning that their support remains effective beyond the duration of the project. Both organisations have very long term involvements in the project regions.
The following five projects in Eastern Europe were developed in the course of a workshop with the two organisations and proposed to the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation:
The Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation (AVJCF) agreed with this proposal. In co-operation with AVJCF, EuroNatur and CICONIA, other foundations were inspired to assist with the projects, making generous contributions in addition to the financial support provided by AVJCF. The result is that over one million euros have now been collected for the implementation of the five projects.
More projects are to be added soon.